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No Days Off For Tyson Jost

The rookie is aiming to help the Avs next season

by Erin Hodges / ColoradoAvalanche.com

As the recent Colorado Avalanche development camp came to a close and the newest draftees were headed home, one of the "veterans" that hit the ice is far from finished working on his game.

Forward Tyson Jost, the Avs' 2016 first-round draft pick (No. 10 overall), knows that summer hockey and training is just as important as in-season competition and workouts.

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Getting To Know: Petr Kvaca

The Avalanche picked the goalie in the fourth round

by Erin Hodges / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Petr Kvaca, a 6-foot-1, 174-pound goaltender, was the No. 114 overall pick by the Colorado Avalanche at 2017 NHL Draft. This is the second consecutive year that the Avs have used a mid-round selection on a European keeper after they chose Adam Werner in the fifth round last year.

Kvaca, 19, played for HC Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic in 2016-17. He appeared in 18 games with Ceske and had three shutouts and a .939 save percentage while leading the league with a goals-against average of 1.14. At the end of the season, the team won the championship in the country's second-tier pro league. 

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Avalanche To Participate In Sharks' 2017 Prospect Showcase

Colorado will play Anaheim, Arizona and San Jose in exhibitions

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche will take part in the San Jose Sharks' 2017 Prospect Showcase from Sept. 9-12 in San Jose, California.

Colorado will join the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes and the Sharks in showcasing their prospects and young players in exhibition games. The teams will play each opponent once in a round-robin format, with the contests mirroring those that are played in the NHL.

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Avalanche Signs Bourque, Girard, Siemens

Colorado inks the trio to one-year deals

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forwards Gabriel Bourque and Felix Girard and defenseman Duncan Siemens to one-year contracts for the 2017-18 campaign.

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Avalanche Adds Bennett, Parkkila to Coaching Staff

Will Join Current Assistant Nolan Pratt on Jared Bednar's Staff

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has hired Ray Bennett as an assistant coach and Jussi Parkkila as goaltending coach. Bennett and Parkkila will join current assistant Nolan Pratt on Jared Bednar's coaching staff.

"Ray brings a tremendous amount of NHL experience and hockey knowledge to our team, and Jussi has a proven track record of working with goaltenders," said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic. "They're a great complement to our current coaching staff, and we're excited to have them join our organization."

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Avalanche Signs Nail Yakupov

Former First Overall Pick Inks One-Year Deal

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Nail Yakupov to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season.

Yakupov, 23, was the first overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft.   He has appeared in 292 career NHL games for the Oilers and St. Louis Blues, tallying 120 points (53g/67a). The Nizhnekamsk, Russia, native skated in 40 games for the Blues this past season, collecting nine points (3g/6a).

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Bernier And Wilson Bring Veteran Depth

Avs GM Joe Sakic expects both players to make an impact next season

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The free agent market is a time for NHL teams to shop for players that can fill holes on their roster and better the club for the ensuing campaign.

Colorado Avalanche executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic did just that when the first day of free agency opened at 10 a.m. MT on Saturday.

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Avalanche Signs Agozzino, Warsofsky, Cannata

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Andrew Agozzino and defenseman David Warsofsky to two-year contracts through the 2018-19 season and goaltender Joe Cannata to a one-year deal for the 2017-18 campaign.

This will be the second stint with the Avalanche for Agozzino. The 26-year-old was with the organization from 2012-16, collecting 194 points (79g/115a) in 266 combined games with the club's American Hockey League affiliates, the then-Lake Erie Monsters and the San Antonio Rampage. He spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Chicago Wolves, finishing with 54 points (18g/36a) in 71 outings.

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Avalanche Signs Jonathan Bernier

Former first-round draft pick has appeared in 252 NHL Games

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Jonathan Bernier to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season.

Bernier, 28, appeared in 39 games for the Anaheim Ducks this past season, posting a 21-7-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. The Laval, Quebec, native compiled a 12-1-2 record over his final 15 starts, with his 12 wins leading all NHL netminders from March 1 until the end of the season. Bernier was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for March 6-12 after going 3-0-0 with one shutout, a 1.62 GAA and .948 SV% in three games. He had a career-high scoreless streak of 125:41 during that stretch from March 7-12. The 6-foot, 184-pound goaltender went on to appear in four playoff contests for the Ducks, including one start (1-2-0, 3.28 GAA).

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Avalanche Acquires Colin Wilson From Predators

Forward played 502 NHL Games with Nashville

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired Colin Wilson from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Wilson, 27, has spent his entire career with Nashville after being selected seventh overall in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in 70 regular-season games for the Predators this past season, tallying 35 points (12g/23a) with a +7 plus/minus rating. He also dressed in 14 playoff contests for Nashville, notching four points (2g/2a).

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